• Oklahoma State men's hoops team gets first 2016 commitment

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Sep 20, 2015

    Thomas Dziagwa didn't need much convincing to commit to OSU basketball coach Travis Ford. Not much family discussion, either. “I guess when you know, you know,” said Dziagwa, a 6-foot-5 guard from Florida who gave the Cowboys his pledge following an official visit over the weekend. “I liked Oklahoma State a lot. They came in on a home visit. I went on the official visit and it was like everyone got along there. The atmosphere was great. “I knew I wanted to be an Oklahoma State Cowboy, so I committed.” Dziagwa becomes the first commitment in OSU's 2016 class. He chose the Cowboys over South Florida, Florida Gulf Coast and others.

  • OU football: 4-star safety picks Sooners over Alabama, Texas

    BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Sep 7, 2015

    The son of former Oklahoma linebacker Reggie Barnes committed to the Sooners on Monday. Robert Barnes, a 2017 four-star safety from Southlake (Texas) Carroll, announced his commitment on Twitter. Barnes (6-foot-3, 189 pounds) is ranked No. 136 overall and No. 12 in the country at safety according to Rivals.com. He chose the Sooners over an offer list that includes Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma State, Baylor and Nebraska among others. Barnes is the second 2017 commit for OU, joining Mesquite (Texas) Horn quarterback Chris Robison. Reggie Barnes played for the Sooners from 1988-1992 and served as a captain his senior season. He played two seasons in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1993) and Dallas

  • High school notebook: Luke Ring leads Duncan to upset win over Guthrie

    BY JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Sat, Sep 5, 2015

    Duncan coach Craig Benson got more than he expected this offseason when he hired Glennis Ring as his defensive coordinator. Ring brought along his son Luke, whose big night Friday has already raised expectations for Duncan's season. Ring passed for 186 yards and three touchdowns, including a 29-yard touchdown to Collin Klingensmith with 1:31 left for a 28-27 upset of No. 4 Guthrie. “Both of them equally have brought a lot to the table,” Benson said. “Glennis has added a mindset to not only our defense, but to our weight room. He's very good in both of those areas. That was the attraction to find a defensive coordinator to help build this program. “I hadn't seen his kid play.

  • Du'Vonta Lampkin released by Texas, eligible for OU football

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    The question with new OU football arrival Du'Vonta Lampkin was when Texas would release him from his letter of intent. That question was answered Thursday, as Lampkin's mother, Vanessa, broke the news that her son has been released from his letter of intent by the Longhorns. Lampkin signed with Texas in the Class of 2015, only to spurn the Longhorns and arrive on campus this fall in Norman. The 6-foot-4, 306-pound defensive tackle was originally an OU commitment before decommitting and signing with Texas in the Class of 2015.

  • Deer Creek's Joseph Winfield selected to national All-Star game

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    Deer Creek defensive lineman Joseph Winfield was recently invited to the Senior All-Star Game at the National Underclassmen All-American Game in December. “It just means that all of my hard work has been paying off,” Winfield said. “I’ve just been trying to make sure my name is out there. Winfield, a 6-foot-1, 240-pound defensive end, recorded 123 tackles and an interception last season as a junior for Deer Creek, which won the District 5A-2 championship. Deer Creek coach Grant Gower said Winfield has turned into a great leader for the team. “He’s got a really, really good heart,” Gower said. The game and combine is scheduled for Dec. 29-30 in Charleston, S.C.

  • Norman North's Trae Young on Nike Bahamas trip roster

    Published: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    Norman North junior guard Trae Young is one of the most coveted basketball recruits in the country, and he's put himself among elite company once again. Young is one of 12 players on a Nike roster headed to the Bahamas for a training session Aug. 19-23 which will culminate with a game against the Bahamian National Team. Young is one of six Class of 2017 prospects on the list, which is comprised of some of the best juniors and seniors in the country. Young was offered by Kentucky this week , and has offers from Duke, OU, Oklahoma State and Kansas, among others.

  • John Marshall's Tramonda Moore, who lost a close friend just 4 months ago, has become a football star

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    Tramonda Moore marvels about all that has happened this past year. He smiles about it. Chuckles about it. Shakes his head about it. But there are times that he nearly cries about it, too. On the day high schools all across the state began football practice, no one has changed more since this time last year. The massive left tackle from John Marshall went from an unknown to arguably the most sought-after recruit in Oklahoma. “Nowhere in the recruiting talk,” Moore said of where he was on the first day of practice a year ago. “Not being ranked.” Now? “The whole country knows about me,” he said. He didn’t say that in a boastful way. It was more a statement of awe, a plea not to pinch

  • OU football picks up safety commit Chanse Sylvie

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Oklahoma picked up its seventh commitment for the 2016 class Thursday when Shreveport (La.) Calvary Academy safety Chanse Sylvie committed to the Sooners. Sylvie announced his decision on Twitter. I will like to announce that after many prayers and restless night I have committed to the University of Oklahoma #OU pic.twitter.com/0v7x4luhSP — Chanse Sylvie (@ChanseSylvie) July 30, 2015 The three-star recruit according to Rivals.com chose the Sooners from a long list of offers that also included Oklahoma State, TCU, Baylor, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Tennessee.

  • Why 2016 quarterback Austin Kendall will star at OU

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Austin Kendall doesn't hit campus until 2016 for Oklahoma football, but the North Carolina native is already creating a buzz as the Sooners' next potential standout at quarterback. Bleacher Reports's Michael Felder has three reasons why Kendall will star at OU: Escapability, the ability to throw into tight windows and being able to throw a catchable ball. From Felder on Kendall's mobility: "He's not Trevor Knight. He's not going to run for 200 yards, but he does have the ability to get out of the pocket." Check out the B/R video here .

  • Super 30: How Edmond Santa Fe's Calvin Bundage transformed into state's top recruit

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    EDMOND — On a hot summer day two years ago, Cayman Bundage had his little brother broken and in tears, not in typical big brother fashion but as a mentor and workout partner. Bundage was back from his first season as an offensive lineman at Arizona. He was running two miles, but also dragging along Calvin Bundage, who was then about to enter his sophomore year as a short, pudgy baseball player who was turning away from football. “He’s crying,” Cayman Bundage said. “He said, ‘Man, I’m done. I ain’t running this,’ and then he ran inside.” It was that breaking point that led Calvin Bundage down a new path to prove people he could make it.

  • Edmond North’s Tre Evans decommits from OSU

    BY JACOB UNRUH Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Evans, one of the state’s top basketball recruits in the upcoming senior class, announced on his Twitter page that he was no longer committed to the Cowboys, a school he once said fit his up-tempo style of play.

  • Super 30: Jenks’ Dillon Stoner appears next in long line of local products turned Cowboy slot receivers

    By Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Stoner — who stands 6-feet and 175 pounds — received double-digit scholarship offers from programs like Texas Tech, Arkansas and Washington State. But the Cowboys stood out for a number of reasons.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: 2016 guard Tre Evans decommits

    john helsley | Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Tre Evans announced, via Twitter, that he's no longer committed to Oklahoma State, saying that "My family and I have decided the best thing for me and my future is to reopen my recruiting." The guard, a senior to be, committed to the Cowboys in October and stood as OSU's lone commitment for the class of 2016. Back in October, Evans seemed sold on the Cowboys and their style of play, which he considered a fit for his own fast-paced play. “Ever since they offered me, I felt like our communication has been great," Evans told The Oklahoman at the time. "I felt like they needed me. I wasn’t just some other recruit. Then when I went on my visit last Friday, it just felt like home. It was a family

  • OSU football: Collinsville junior Levi Draper verbally commits to Cowboys

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Junior linebacker Levi Draper verbally committed to OSU, becoming the first commitment of the 2017 class. And he’s certainly a big catch.

  • Oklahoma basketball picks up guard commit Kameron McGusty

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Oklahoma thought it had a point guard for the 2016 class. Monday, Kameron McGusty gave the Sooners a commitment at the spot once again, when he announced that he intended to sign with OU. Truly blessed to say I have committed to the University of Oklahoma.. Feels good to be a sooner #boomersooner pic.twitter.com/Z3Qh9ldB4v — Kameron McGusty (@KamMcgusty) July 20, 2015 The 6-foot-5 Katy (Texas) Seven Lakes product also had offers that included Baylor, Indiana, Louisville and Texas. West Linn, Ore., product Payton Pritchard, whose father played at Oklahoma, was a longtime Sooners' commit before reopening his commitment earlier this

  • Super 30: How Lexington's Tyler Brown overcame tragedy to become highly recruited lineman

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    Brown is a 6-foot-6, 315-pound offensive lineman at Lexington who has verbally committed to TCU and is ranked No. 8 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 rankings of the state’s top recruits. Those accomplishments are remarkable considering he will be the first of his immediate family to attend college and the death of his father near the end of his freshman year nearly sent him into a downward spiral.

  • Super 30: Sooners commitment Jon-Michael Terry will switch to LB for senior year, career at OU

    BY JASON KERSEY Staff Writer jkersey@opubco.com | Published: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    Terry, who committed to Oklahoma in February, is No. 9 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 list of the best 2016 college football prospects in the state. He recorded 103 tackles and 20 sacks last season for Victory Christian as a defensive end and will move to inside linebacker this year.

  • Super 30: Jenks safety Austin Quillen's SEC opportunity a direct reflection of work ethic, playing style

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    At 6-feet and 195 pounds, Quillen wondered how far his talent might take him at the next level. Could he contend in what’s widely considered the nation’s top college football conference? “Looking at myself as an SEC player?” Quillen reflected. “That didn’t hit me until Vanderbilt offered.”

  • Super 30: Jeremy Lewis no longer a hidden prospect in Lone Grove

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Coaches from programs in all parts of the country have either called or been in to see the 6-foot-2, 200-pound running back, who has nine offers so far, Nebraska, Tulsa, Ohio and Wyoming among them.

  • Edmond Santa Fe's Calvin Bundage named to Butkus Award watch list

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Edmond Santa Fe senior Calvin Bundage was named to the annual Butkus Award watch list for the high school award given to the nation's top linebacker on Tuesday. You can view the full list here. Bundage, who played safety for Edmond Santa Fe last season, is regarded as one of the state's top recruiting prospects. It's likely he will play linebacker at the college level. He has a total of 14 scholarship offers, including Arkansas, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Oregon. He also has an offer from Arizone, where his older brother Cayman is an offensive lineman. In nine games as a junior, Calvin Bundage recorded 81 tackles and a sack.